July

Report: Consumers continued to spend in July

Report: Consumers continued to spend in July

PURCHASE, N.Y. — U.S. retail sales excluding automotive and gas rose 9.0% year-over-year in July, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which said rising prices—particularly for necessities such as food and fuel—were a contributing factor. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which measures in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment, reflects nominal spending and is not adjusted for

Retail sales growth strong in July

Retail sales growth strong in July

WASHINGTON — Retail sales were up 0.9% in July seasonally adjusted from June and up 5.6% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said Thursday. The numbers exclude sales by automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. “July’s strong results are consistent with a confident consumer,” NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said in a statement on Thursday.